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Archive for April 3rd, 2014

Investigators Trying to Figure Out Why U.S. Soldier Opened Fire at Fort Hood, Killing 3

Ford Hood Darnall HospitalSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators are trying to determine what prompted an Iraq war veteran to open fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others before killing himself, the Washington Post reports.

Many questions remain: Did an argument precede the shooting? Was he properly treated for depression and anxiety?

The shooter, identified as Spec. Ivan Lopez, 34, also returned to the U.S. with a self-reported traumatic brain injury.

“We have to find all those witnesses, the witnesses to every one of those shootings, and find out what his actions were, and what was said to the victims,” said a federal law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Lopez opened fire around 4 p.m. Wednesday but he was soon confronted by a female military police officer.

The officer demanded Lopez surrender but he pulled out a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and shot himself fatally in the head.

FBI Raids Rural Indiana Home Where Man Collected Thousands of Rare Artifacts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI raided the property of a 91-year-old man in rural central Indiana where he stored thousands of artifacts from Native Americans, China, Russia and other countries.

Fox News reports that the massive collection by Donald Miller spanned eight decades and also included items from Australia, Haiti, New Guinea and Peru.

“The cultural value of these artifacts is immeasurable,” Jones said while refusing to divulge details of any of the items taken from Miller’s property.

Miller said he obtained the items legally and traveled to each country to get them.

“I have been in 200 countries collecting artifacts,” he said.

It wasn’t clear whether he faces charges.

Video: Woman Says Border Patrol Threatened Her with Knife, Taser at Random Stop

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents threatened a woman with a Taser and knife after she questioned why she was stopped 40 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, she claims in a video distributed by the ACLU.

U.S. citizen Clarisa Christiansen said she refused to exit her car until Border Patrol explained why they wanted to search her vehicle. That’s when she said she was threatened with a Taser

“He opens up my door and he says, ‘Ma’am, do I need to tase you to get you out of your vehicle?'” Chistiansen recounts. “I was like, ‘No, you don’t need to do that. You’re acting ridiculous. Why did you even pull me over?'”

She says an agent then pulled out a knife and threatened to cut her seatbelt.

Congress Slams ATF Director Over Blundered Undercover Storefront Operations

US Attorney B. Todd Jones

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF Director B. Todd Jones’ first appearance before Congress wasn’t a pleasant one.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that congressional members from both sides slammed Jones over the agency’s blunders in undercover storefront operations.

Some of the problems included using people with mental disabilities to promote undercover operations.

Jones defended the agency, saying it didn’t knowingly target people with mental disabilities.

“You don’t think that your agents, dealing with a man with an IQ in the 50s, knew he was mentally disabled?” asked U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who used to teach children with disabilities, said people with low IQs are easy to recognize.

“Anyone with any life experience can ask simple questions,” he said. “I was surrounded by these kids. They are some of the best, nicest people who try their best and just want to please. I am appalled you would use these individuals like this and arrest them later.”

Responded Jones: “Hindsight is 20/20.”

Defiant DEA Chief: Pot Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

Michele Leonhart

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As marijuana legalization shifts in public opinion, state laws and within the Obama administration, the DEA is pledging to fight even harder, said DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Wednesday.

The Huffington Post reports that Leonhart, speaking during testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee, maintains voters were duped into approving marijuana legalization in Washington state and Colorado by pot propaganda.

“It’s of great concern to us the messages we hear on television, in the radio, in songs — and now, my fear is that kids are hearing it from their own parents,” Leonhart said. “It’s important to have the facts about marijuana put out there in ways that kids, teens, young adults, parents can look at it and see that what they’ve been sold — that this is no big deal — is not true.”

Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, questioned why Obama is holding onto Leonhart since she is obstructing his administration’s policies.

“Publicly criticizing and questioning the competence of your supervisor would get anyone fired in the private sector,” Riffle said in a statement. “It’s frankly astounding to me that Ms. Leonhart is still employed and American taxpayers continue to foot her $165,000 salary to publicly campaign against the president’s policies.”

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